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|Toast on Mr. Chatmon and Bud Doggett||6631B2||Will Starks||7-25-1942||spoken, toast||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi||at the home of "Buck Asa" (Ulisses Jefferson), Hopson Plantation|
Identified as “Toast on Bud Doggett,” but the toast – which Starks attributes to Howard Spann – has more to do with a Mr. Chatmon’s breaking up moonshining operations.
|The Railroad Men Go to Town||6632B5||Will Starks||7-25-1942||joke, spoken, story||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi||at the home of "Buck Asa" (Ulisses Jefferson), Hopson Plantation|
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|The Animals Have A Convention||6632B6||Will Starks||7-25-1942||joke, spoken, story||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi||at the home of "Buck Asa" (Ulisses Jefferson), Hopson Plantation|
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|The Lady Washing at the Spring||6632B7||Will Starks||7-25-1942||joke, spoken, story||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi||at the home of "Buck Asa" (Ulisses Jefferson), Hopson Plantation|
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|Stewball||6632B8||Will Starks||7-25-1942||Skewball||ballad||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi||at the home of "Buck Asa" (Ulisses Jefferson), Hopson Plantation|
Lomax volunteers verses that Starks doesn’t know. Followed by discussion of his father singing and fiddling the song; Lomax fishes for “Barbara Allen” and “Frankie and Albert.”
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|Frankie and Albert (#1)||6633A1||Will Starks||7-25-1942||ballad||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi||at the home of "Buck Asa" (Ulisses Jefferson), Hopson Plantation|
Starks says he learned this on a sawmill job in 1910.
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|Frankie and Albert (#2)||6633A2||Will Starks||7-25-1942||ballad||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi||at the home of "Buck Asa" (Ulisses Jefferson), Hopson Plantation|
|Break the News to Mother (fragment)||6650B1||Will Starks||8-9-1942||lyric song, popular song, sentimental song||guitar, vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi||Presumably Starks' home on Barksdale Rd.|
|Coon, Coon, Coon (I Wish My Color Would Fade)||6650B2||Will Starks||8-9-1942||coon song, lyric song, minstrel song||guitar, vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Followed by discussion about learning the song (c. 1914), and its popularity.
Preceded by stretch of blank disc and test segment.
|Interview about whites' attitudes towards blacks||6650B3||Alan Lomax, Lewis Jones, Will Starks||8-9-1942||spoken||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
“They’d rather have ignorant niggers; don’t know nothing.” Identified on AFS card as “Attitudes of white people toward Negroes.”
|Break the News to Mother||6650B4||Will Starks||8-9-1942||lyric song, popular song, sentimental song||guitar, vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Followed by discussion about the song, which he learned from a songbook c. 1914. Places it, correctly, in the Spanish-American War.
|The State of Arkansas||6651A1||Will Starks||8-9-1942||The State of Arkansaw||ballad||guitar, vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Followed by discussion of where he learned it. Identified merely as “Arkansas” on AFS card.
|Interview about his musician father||6651A2||Alan Lomax, Will Starks||8-9-1942||spoken||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Discussion of his geneaology – his father’s father was white; his mother was “full-blooded Indian. All the Negro that’s in me is on my mother’s side.” His father was a musician who “could play most any kind of music.”
|The Late War||6651A4||Will Starks||8-9-1942||lyric song, topical song||guitar, vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Followed by discussion of the song, which he learned in 1918, and the race of song’s composer.
|Ollie Jackson (#1)||6651B1||Will Starks||8-9-1942||ballad||guitar, vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Followed by discussion of the song. Learned from a Charley Washington of Kansas City.
|Travelin' Man||6651B2||Will Starks||8-9-1942||lyric song, minstrel song||guitar, vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Followed by a discussion of the song, which he learned at a medicine show.
|Fox Hunter's Song||6651B3||Will Starks||8-9-1942||ballad||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Followed by a discussion of the song, which he learned from his father “about forty years ago.”
|Our Goodman||6652A1||Will Starks||8-9-1942||Three Nights Drunk; Three Nights Experience||ballad||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Preceded by several blank bands and his introduction of the song.
|Take A Whiff On Me||6652A2||Will Starks||8-9-1942||lyric song||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Preceded by discussion of cocaine, its effects, and its erstwhile popularlity. “Folks would use it and they get drunk and they couldn’t smell no whiskey!”
|Duncan and Brady||6652B1||Will Starks||8-9-1942||ballad||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Followed by discussion of learning the song and “Duncan and Brady,” which he recalls hearing in 1897 from an Oscar Bramley who sang it while plowing. Starks calls him a “levee-camp man” who learned them in St. Louis.
|Interview about riverboats and roustabouts||6652B3||Alan Lomax, Will Starks||8-9-1942||spoken||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Recollections of experiences on the river, including sailing from Memphis on the Kate Adams, and the treatment and techniques of roustabouts.
|Interview about compulsory labor; freedom of movement; bad men; obeying white folks||6653A||Alan Lomax, Will Starks||8-9-1942||spoken||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Discussion of compelling local African Americans (including children) to pick cotton and instances of resistance. Lomax asks about the baddest men in the area; Starks recalls various fights, whoopings, and Bud Doggett. “Mississippi was the best place on earth for a good nigger and the worst place for a bad nigger.” Says his grandmother, a “slavery-time woman,” always taught him to obedient to white folks.
|Down On the Farm||6653B1||Will Starks||8-9-1942||lyric song, sentimental song||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Preceded by fragmentary discussion about whether Starks remembers any blues or “slow drags.”
|Show Me the Way to Go Home||6653B2||Will Starks||8-9-1942||lyric song, minstrel song||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
|I'm A Rowdy Soul||6653B3||Will Starks||8-9-1942||Whoa Back Buck||comic song, lyric song||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Discussion follows about it being a “po’ white song.”
|My Old Mistress Promised Me / Interview about dances and courting||6653B4||Will Starks||8-9-1942||comic song, lyric song||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
“Mistress” on AFS card as “Mistis.” Learned from his father. Discussion follows about set dances and courting girls.
|Toast (Doodly Doo)||6653B5||Will Starks||8-9-1942||spoken, toast||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
A vulgar toast Starks recalls learning in jail. Discussion follows about toasts.
|I'll Keep My Skillet Greasy If I Can / Old Dog Blue / Sally Goodin||6654A1||Will Starks||8-9-1942||Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy||lyric song, reel||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Followed by discussion of various songs, including “Old Dog Blue” and “Sally Goodin” of which he sings fragments.
|The Dummy Line||6654A2||Will Starks||8-9-1942||lyric song, reel||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Identified on AFS card simply as “The Dummy.” Lomax prompts him with extra verses.
|Didn't He Ramble||6654A3||Will Starks||8-9-1942||The Derby Ram; The Darby Ram||lyric song, reel||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
|Interview about Sheriff Greek Rice outlawing music||6654A4||Alan Lomax, Will Starks||8-9-1942||spoken||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Identified on AFS card as “Mr. Greek Rice Outlaws Music.” Discussion of Sheriff Rice closing down the juke joints and barrelhouses.
|Story of the rabbit and the buzzard||6654B1||Will Starks||8-9-1942||spoken, story||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
Identified on AFS card as “Buzzard Gets Rabbit In A Hollow Log.”
|Interview about ghosts||6654B2||Lewis Jones, Will Starks||8-9-1942||spoken, story||vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|
|Ollie Jackson (#2)||6654B3||Will Starks||8-9-1942||ballad||guitar, vocal||Clarksdale||Coahoma||Mississippi|